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12 Mini Pie Recipes


A pie is a terrible thing to waste. You can quote me on that. That's why I've rounded up a dozen mini pie recipes that are perfect for serving your guests this holiday season. Mini pies are the ideal size, especially if you're concerned about portion control. Plus, they're easy to wrap up and send home with... More

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It's that time of year again when guests gather around the table to eat and socialize. One of the very best dishes to serve is a Tear and Share. Folks can tear off what they want, when they want it. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, these warm, gooey bites are simply delicious. Here are 22 Tear and... More

Recipes using Apple Cider

Last week I rounded up 14 Lip-Smacking Apple Cider Drink Recipes. This week, I found 10 recipes using apple cider as a main ingredient. From apple cider syrup to apple cider caramel candy and everything in-between, if you like cider, you'll love these wonderful recipes. APPLE CIDER SYRUP My son who presses apple cider also makes maple syrup. He puts... More

Apple Cider Mimosa Feature Recipe

The apple trees in northwest Pennsylvania are loaded right now. I picked 5 bushels of apples in under a half an hour today. My son is going to press cider with them tomorrow, so I thought I better round up some apple cider drink recipes. If you don't have a cider press, but would like to... More


Basil is my very favorite herb. Since harvest time is fast approaching (woo-hoo!) I thought I'd round up a couple of simple, yet delicious, recipes featuring basil. Luckily, the ingredient lists for these recipes and prep times are both short. There are basil sauces, dips, breads, and salad dressings just to name a few. I'll finish... More

12 Unique Melon Recipes


Summertime, and the living is easy. Melons are easy too! Here are 12 unique melon recipes that would make great additions to any picnic table. Before you head to the kitchen, you have to head to the grocery store to get your melons. How do you pick the sweetest, juiciest melons? I use the "smell test." I... More

10 Healthy Red, White, and Blue Recipes Feature

Yahoo, it's berry season! My favorite time of year. I've put together my top ten healthy red, white, and blue recipes that are both delicious and healthy. Of course, any of them would be welcome additions to a 4th of July picnic, but you don't have to wait for a holiday to cook up these recipes. Your family... More

10 Graduation Themed Party Recipes

Diplomas, tassels, and caps and gowns are iconic symbols of commencement festivities. Why not use these motifs to decorate your graduation party food? Whether you know someone who is graduating from pre-school, middle school, high school, or college, here are 10 graduation themed party recipes that will look great on any graduation party table. First up are these adorable graduation caps... More

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12 Patriotic Recipes


Memorial Day comes early this year. It sure snuck up on me. I thought I had another week to plan the menu for my annual picnic. Luckily, I found a dozen red, white, and blue recipes online. I've put them all together in this blog. Now all I have to do is send this article to 12... More


An apple a day keeps the doctor away - if you throw it hard enough! Yes, we all know that eating apples is good for your health, but eating a plain ol' apple can be kind of boring, don't you think? And not very enticing for the kids. Well, have no fear. From the ridiculous to the... More

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